One finger Zen painting

Title: Zen Studio
Developer:
Edoki academy

Age Group: 2 – 5 years
Hours played by my kids: 25+
Available on: ipad (review), iphone, andriod

Zen Studio painting
Zen Studio painting

Zen it is. I could easily recommend this mini-game to adults as well. It has similar effect as those adult coloring books that are so popular these days. But with a twist. The twist being simplicity. Of course this game is meant for kids and it’s easy to paint even for the youngest kids in the family. In our case both my 3 year old and my 5 years old boys love to play for a few minutes every now and then. I used this app to literally slow them down after too energetic play time before bed. It’s Zen time! Parents will know what I mean.

Calming musical coloring game

Educational? No, not really. Developers are saying that “Zen studio is a unique geometric finger painting app designed to help children relax and focus.” And that’s the whole story in a nutshell. The app doesn’t aim to be educational at all. OK, it has a guided mode where kids are thought to paint specific things and animals, like the lion below, but I honestly didn’t see my kids trying to learn through it. They preferred the freedom of open canvas and the relaxing sound effects that go along. To be honest I never saw them paint anything specific, the triangles make it harder for kids to recognize the shape correctly. I guess some kids would do that, mine preferred to paint abstract patterns ๐Ÿ™‚

YT video by the app developers showing the functionalities (incl.relaxing sound effects)

There is nothing more to it, except the price tag.

Free trial that doesn’t stink

Nothing makes me more happy than the possibility to show a new app to my kids in full functionality without paying a dime. This way I can see if they like it enough or not. Zen studio free download gives you a couple of free canvases and 2 guided patterns. More then enough for evaluation. And children will not be exposed to any advertisements while painting, even in the free mode. Honestly, if you don’t want to spend 5.49 $ on it to unlock white paint, 90 tutorials and save/delete an unlimited number of drawings there is no need to. You just need to convince your kid to repaint the canvas with a new color each time when he wants to make a new design. Good luck with that ๐Ÿ™‚

One finger Zen
One finger Zen

Erikโ€™s comment on the game (age 3):
NA (no time to talk about it)

One finger Zen - $5.49
Overall
7.3/10
7.3/10
  • How good is it technically? - 9/10
    9/10
  • Value for Money - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • How deep is the rabbithole? - 6.4/10
    6.4/10
  • How long kids love it? - 7.4/10
    7.4/10
  • Can my kid to play it on his own? - 10/10
    10/10
  • How much kids can learn from it? - 3.3/10
    3.3/10

My thoughts on the game

Zen Studio is a simple game that lets the kids paint with one finger and while doing that they are hearing relaxing sound effects that make this a true Zen experience. Perfect for moments when kids are too hyped up or loud. Zen time!

Developers are saying that “Zen studio is a unique geometric finger painting app designed to help children relax and focus.” And that’s the whole story in a nutshell. The app doesn’t aim to be educational at all. It has a guided mode where kids are thought to paint specific things and animals, but I honestly didn’t see my kids trying to learn through it. They preferred the freedom of open canvas and the relaxing sound effects that go along.

Pros

  • Calm and Relaxing Sound effects
  • No need to learn how to play
  • Kids will calm down playing it
  • Free mode is actually playable
  • No Ads!

Cons

  • Why triangles only? Give me squares
  • Guided tutorials didn’t work for us